A Riverside County man and woman fell 20 feet into a waterfall in the San Bernardino Mountains, resulting in the death of the man and the rescue of the woman by aviation crews, the report said. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Sunday, July 24.
At around 3:20 p.m., the San Bernardino County Fire Department requested assistance from the sheriff’s department with two people who had suffered a fall at Big Falls, a waterfall just east of the community of Forest Falls, said the sheriff’s department. The pair had fallen from the Middle Falls to the Lower Falls, authorities said.
When the crews arrived, the woman, who was identified as a 43-year-old Riverside resident, was performing CPR on the man, who was identified as a 43-year-old male from Hemet, officials said.
Firefighters arrived and pronounced the man dead, the sheriff’s department said. The woman was hoisted to the Sheriff’s Department helicopter and taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center for her injuries in the fall, authorities said.
The man’s body was hoisted out of the falls and airlifted to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office, sheriff’s officials said.
Further information identifying the victims was not immediately available.
This is at least the second fatal hiking fall in the Forest Falls area in 2022. On May 2, after being suspected of falling approximately 80 feet, Robert Carey Jr., 33, of Calimesa , was found unconscious at the base of the Big Falls waterfall and was pronounced dead.